Plans dropped for proposed Wash. biomass plant

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by Associated Press and KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on March 14, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 14 at 2:36 PM

SHELTON, Wash. -- Developers of a biomass project in Washington state have dropped plans for the 55-megawatt plant that would have generated electricity from wood waste.

According to a news release from the Port of Shelton, Port Executive Director John Dobson states "ADAGE was confident that it was well on its way in obtaining the necessary environmental and construction permits and had secured the necessary contracts for their fuel supply. However, since many utilities in Washington State have or will meet the public's mandate (Initiative I-937) for renewable energy over the next three years, the demand for this power plant's output is simply not there."

Voters passed Initiative 937 in 2006, which requires utilities with more than 25,000 customers to get 15 percent of their power from a renewable source by 2020.

The project has faced opposition from critics who worried that air pollution from the proposed biomass plant would harm human health and the environment.

But the news release says "ultimately the decision by ADAGE to suspend development was made by the marketplace."

ADAGE is a joint venture between AREVA and Duke Energy.
 

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